by Jennifer Crusie

April 2002
ISBN: 0312980159
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

Trying to summarize Fast Women would be a huge mistake. So, I’m skipping that step and heading straight for my opinion. This book is a roller coaster. A sharp turning, extra long, convoluted roller coaster that drives you crazy creeping up hills and makes you laugh out loud and yell “Wheee!!” when the momentum got it going and it feels like the wheels are barely maintaining contact with the track. Which is often.

The plot itself involves intimate and not so intimate relationships, murder, mystery, diamonds and china sets. Expensive two thousand piece china sets.

There are so many fascinating characters in this book, and so much happening that it’s just plain impossible for me to decide what to focus on. Be prepared to laugh and laugh some more. There are those slow agonizing climbs to worry about, when the plot takes an unexpected turn and you face another slow climb up the explanation hill, and then there are those times when the book switches focus to characters that are secondary only for lack of a better word.

I loved all the characters in this book. Even the ones I hated. They just mixed with one another so very well. The trick was catching on to the relationships early on and not losing the thread as new people were added. If you got the hang of that then you’re only other task was to battle the only drawback to this book. The china. If I see, hear or read about any more china for the next 24 hours I may take a page from Margie’s book, grab a handle and start swinging. In all seriousness, aside from, on occasion, being rather long winded about china and the feeling that the events of the book were moving quickly (for the most part) but I was reading inordinately slowly, Fast Women was a wonderful read and will undoubtedly lead to me reading more of Crusie’s work.

I definitely recommend this book, however a word of advice. If you have fancy tea cups or heirloom porcelain pieces handed down from generation to generation around the house, lock it up before reading Fast Women and stay away for at least 24 hours after.

Reviewed in October 2002 by JaToya.

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